This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Vinous Top Ten! Each week we compile a list of top ten wines from the Vinous database that you need to add to your wine wish list. With all the various regions, producers, and grapes, no week will be the same! All of the wines listed in this feature are available for purchase on Banquet . This week's must-try wines are from Josh Raynolds' article, Oregon: An Embarrassment of Riches and Richness . Enjoy an excerpt from his article and his notes for this week's top ten below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ "Two thousand sixteen is yet another link in an unprecedented chain of outstanding vintages in the Willamette Valley that began in 2014 and has now extended to 2018. Compared to the ‘14s and ‘15s, the ‘16s, while on the rich side for Pinot Noir, show more freshness than wines of the previous years at a similar stage." --Josh Raynolds, Oregon: An Embarrassment of Riches and Richness, June 2019 1. 2015 Antica Terra Pinot Noir Ceras 2. 2016 Beaux Frères Pinot Noir The Upper Terrace 3. 2015 Belle Pente Pinot Noir Belle Pente Vineyard 4. 2016 Bergström Pinot Noir Bergström Vineyard 5. 2016 Cristom Vineyards Pinot Noir Eileen Vineyard 6. 2016 Division Winemaking Company Pinot Noir "Trois" Temperance Hill Vineyard 7. 2015 Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evenstad Reserve 8. 2015 The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Noir Original Vines 9. 2016 Lingua Franca Pinot Noir Mimi's Mind 10. 2016 Soter Vineyards Pinot Noir Mineral Springs Ranch Check out last week's Top Ten here .

Beaux Frères

The Upper Terrace Pinot Noir 2016

Delectable Wine
9.6

Translucent ruby-red. Powerful red fruit liqueur, potpourri, incense and smoky mineral scents, along with hints of cola and exotic spices. Alluring sweet and animated on the palate, offering densely packed raspberry, boysenberry, spicecake, floral pastille flavors and a strong undercurrent of zesty minerality. Fine-grained tannins frame and shape a powerful, mineral-driven finish that lingers with superb persistence and mounting sweetness. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2019) — a month ago

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Cristom

Eileen Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2016

Delectable Wine
9.5

Shimmering ruby-red. Expansive dark berry, potpourri and baking spice aromas show excellent clarity and pick up smoky mineral and musky earth nuances with air. Combines power and finesse with a deft hand, offering palate-staining black raspberry, boysenberry and spicecake flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. Shows sharp delineation and a suave violet pastille quality on the strikingly persistent finish, which features fine-grained tannins and a sappy, resonating dark berry liqueur note. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2019) — a month ago

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Soter Vineyards

Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot Noir 2016

Delectable Wine
9.4

Glistening magenta. Displays expansive, spice- and mineral-accented red/dark berry preserve scents that take on incense and lavender flourishes with air. Juicy, seamless and energetic on the palate, offering densely packed black raspberry, cherry liqueur and exotic spice flavors that show sharp delineation and back-end thrust. Finishes impressively long and smooth, with resonating red fruit, floral notes and velvety, harmonious tannins that make a cameo appearance. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2019) — a month ago

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Belle Pente

Belle Pente Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Delectable Wine

Shimmering red. Powerful aromas of fresh red berries, cherry pit, blood orange and minerals, with a touch of licorice adding depth. Sweet and seamless in the mouth, offering densely packed black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that put on weight and pick up a spicy topnote with air. Shows very good breadth and seamless texture, finishing with impressive clarity, harmonious tannins and a lingering red fruit preserve quality. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2019) — a month ago

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Bergström Wines

Bergström Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Delectable Wine
9.5

Translucent ruby-red. A highly perfumed bouquet exudes red fruit liqueur, cherry pie, potpourri and Asian spice qualities that are sharpened by a smoky mineral overtone. Deeply concentrated and energetic on the palate, offering sappy, mineral- and spice-laced raspberry, cherry-cola and rose pastille flavors that spread out steadily on the back half. Conveys an impressive blend of power, delicacy and finishes extremely long and lively, with harmonious tannins and lingering floral and red fruit liqueur notes. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2019) — a month ago

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The Eyrie Vineyards

Original Vines Pinot Noir 2015

Delectable Wine
9.5

Light, vivid red. Highly expressive, spice-tinged red fruit, incense and potpourri qualities on the seductively perfumed nose, which is given vivacity by a smoky mineral accent. Sappy, alluringly sweet and precise on the palate, offering lively cherry liqueur, raspberry and five-spice powder flavors, along with a sexy floral nuance. Fine-grained and seamless in style, finishing extremely long and pure, with sneaky power, resonating spiciness and smooth, harmonious tannins. (all neutral oak) (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2019) — a month ago

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Domaine Serene

Evenstad Reserve Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Delectable Wine
9.4

Shimmering ruby. Expansive aromas of fresh dark berries, cherry cola, potpourri and exotic spices; vanilla and espresso notes emerge as the wine opens up. Sweet, fleshy and seamless in texture, offering palate-staining black raspberry, cherry liqueur, vanilla and spicecake flavors and a sexy violet pastille nuance. Velvety tannins build slowly on the finish, which hangs on with impressive, floral- and spice-dominated persistence. (60% new French oak) (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2019) — a month ago

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Lingua Franca

Mimi's Mind Eola - Amity Hills Pinot Noir 2016

Delectable Wine
9.5

Translucent red. A complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes red fruit preserves, incense and potpourri, with smoky mineral and Asian spice accents building as the wine opens up. Juicy, appealingly sweet and concentrated yet lithe on the palate, offering intense raspberry, cherry liqueur, spicecake flavors and a hint of candied rose on the back half. Delivers solid punch but comes off graceful, showing absolutely no rough edges on its extremely long, vibrant, red fruit-driven finish. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2019) — a month ago

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Antica Terra

Ceras Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Delectable Wine
9.5

Deep red. Displays sexy, highly perfumed aromas of red fruit liqueur, Asian spices, incense and smoky minerals, along with an exotic potpourri nuance. Densely packed with flavor, yet lithe as well, displaying alluringly sweet raspberry preserve, cherry, blood orange and floral pastille qualities that show superb delineation and mineral lift. Fine-grained tannins lend gentle grip to an extremely long, focused finish that shows noteworthy clarity and insistent spice and floral pastille qualities. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2019) — a month ago

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Division Winemaking Company

Trois Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016

Delectable Wine
9.4

Glistening ruby-red. A hugely perfumed bouquet displays an array of ripe red and blue fruit, exotic spice and floral pastille qualities, along with hints of musky underbrush, smoky minerals and hoisin sauce. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, which offers sweet boysenberry, candied plum, spicecake and dark chocolate flavors that become livelier as the wine opens up. Manages to smoothly balance power and delicacy and finishes with outstanding clarity and youthfully tannic persistence. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, June 2019)
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